Texas Legislature

Ryan E. Poppe

Updated 2 p.m. Dec. 11 

More anonymous female staffers at the state Capitol have come forward to say they have been sexually harassed and groped by male lawmakers.

Advocates say it’s important that these women be allowed to remain anonymous while reporting sexual misconduct at the Capitol.

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The Texas Senate has been moving quickly on many of Gov. Greg Abbott’s priorities for the special legislative session. But one item has seen little movement: a spending cap on city and county budgets in the state.

A fast-moving Senate gave unanimous approval to critical “sunset legislation” Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning, using two bills to extend the life of five state agencies held political hostage at the end of the regular legislative session.

Across Texas, city officials are critical of the special session agenda set by Gov. Greg Abbott -- they say many of the items are basically an attempt by state lawmakers to influence what city leaders do at the local level.